Scottish Country Dancing in San Francisco



You've arrived on the web page for the San Francisco class of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. This is where you can get the latest information on what's up in Scottish Country Dancing in the city of San Francisco. If you are looking for other classes around the Bay Area check the San Francisco Bay Area Branch site

As usual, there are original dances written by our class members on the program.

Class is held on Thursdays at 7:30 pm at The Polish Club of SF, 3040 22nd St at the corner of Shotwell
See our flyer for more information.
NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! Please wear comfortable low shoes.

New students are always welcome.
Please contact us for more information
Or see our class listings for more information.

The San Francisco Branch Monthly Parties are usually held at 7:30 PM or 3:00 PM on the first Saturday of each month.

The San Francisco Class Flyer for general class information.

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Call 415-841-9456 or send email to us.

We hope you come dancing with us!



What is Scottish Country Dancing?

Scottish Country Dancing is the traditional ballroom dance of Scotland. The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, based in Edinburgh, was founded in 1923 to preserve this joyful social dance tradition. Since then Scottish Country Dancing has spread all over the world.

Unlike Highland dances, which are usually solo performances accompanied by bagpipes, Country Dances are danced with partners in sets of two or more couples doing an exciting variety of formations. The music is provided by a fiddle, flute, or piano, or by a band. Talent musicians play for parties and some classes. The dances vary in tempo, included lively jigs, hornpipes and reels, and the slower, elegant strathspeys.

You can see Scottish Country Dancing at Scottish Games & Gatherings and at many other fairs and events. The San Francisco Branch of the RSCDS sponsors classes in many Bay Area cities. The Branch holds monthly social dances, an annual formal Valentine's Ball, a gala party at the Labor Day Games, an annual weekend at Asilomar, special events and workshops, and publishes a bimonthly newsletter.

Some comments heard from dancers:
"The music lifts my spirits!"
"I like dancing with men in kilts!"
"You don't need to come with a partner -everyone in class wants to dance!"
"The strathspeys are so elegant, and the jigs and reels are lively and fun!"
"You don't have to be Scottish to love Scottish country dancing!"
"It's a fun way to keep fit!"
"I love the sociability!"

Read about some of the health benefits of Scottish Dancing:
'Have A Fling' by Sean Thomas - An article from Men's Health (Australia - Jan 03)

This page was last updated Friday, January 26, 2024
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